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Want better grades? Try eating healthier

Research shows students with better grades consumed more fruits, vegetables and milk
Posted at 7:57 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 08:57:29-04

How important is a good diet to student success? Very important, according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Research showed high school students with mostly A's had a pattern of eating breakfast everyday before school, ate vegetables one or more times per day, ate fruit or consumed 100% fruit juice daily, and drank one or more glasses of milk each day.

Students with poor grades ate far fewer fruits and vegetables and had a high intake of soda pop.

"A lot of times, parents will go ahead and think that something is nutritious without checking the labels," said Karen Gold, a cooking school manager.

"Thinking that buying healthy is more expensive is a definite misconception," added Jenny LeGrand, a nutritionist.

For students who take a lunch to school with them, it is important to keep these diet guidelines in mind:

  • Make sure lunches include fruits and vegetables.
  • Buying fresh fruit when in season can cut the cost.
  • Avoid juice boxes with lots of sugar. Use 100% fruit juice instead.
  • Give students a small thermos so they can take soup or something warm to eat
  • Avoid potato chips
  • No not send kids to school with soda pop. The sugar rush they get from soda will wear off leaving them feeling drowsy.
  • Use a "bento box" with compartments and make your own snack pack for students.
  • Have students be part of the lunch making process so they will look forward to eating.
  • Check your students' lunchbox after school. Uneaten food means kids are not interested in that item - look to substitute something else.
  • Buying in bulk is cheaper.
  • Grapes and strawberries are easier for little hands to hold.
  • Whole grain bread is a better choice.
  • Remember that kids like sandwich wraps too. Consider using pita bread or tortilla wraps.
  • Make sandwiches healthier by adding a piece of lettuce.
  • Make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches healthier by replacing the jelly with a banana or a slice of fruit. It will give the kids the sweet taste they are looking for.
  • Keep lunches interesting. For example, try wrapping a mozzarella cheese stick in a piece of turkey lunch meat. Cut it into bite-sized pieces.

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